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Yakushi-ji Temple

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Interesting and nice temple

A bit outside and so less busy than the Nara highlights. We arrived by car and could park for a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bangkok, Thailand
A Nara must-see.

If you are willing to pay the exorbitant entry fee of between Yen 1,100.- and Yen 1,600... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2018
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The temple site is a bit of a ride from the train station in Nara but well worth the time and effort. We visited in June 2018 and although some of it was covered for restoration the overall experience was excellent. As you go through...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Twobyfour22
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A bit outside and so less busy than the Nara highlights. We arrived by car and could park for a fee. The temple has two pagoda's, but one of them was completely wrapped uip for restoration. Since the entrance fee was rather high we just...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DickZe
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a long 35 minute bus ride from the train station that wasn't picturesque, we arrived at the ticket office. Unfortunately the East Pagaoda which recalls the grandeur of the original features was shrouded in plastic and scaffolding with restoration to be completed mid 2020....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bouffer9
Reviewed October 14, 2018

If you are willing to pay the exorbitant entry fee of between Yen 1,100.- and Yen 1,600.- depending on whether or not you'd like to see the 'special exhibition', then you are obviously pretty invested in what you are going to see. Two ancient pagodas...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank petertaylor57
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

Very impressive and worth the visit all the way just to see this. On par with Taj Mahal in terms of majesty

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Amiroo
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

At Y1100 for entry, you expect a lot more than some nice bronze statues, a couple of nice enough buildings, a lot of building renovations, and very little in the way of lovely green gardens. Perhaps Y500 is more realistic till the works are complete....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank AlaricUk
Reviewed June 7, 2018

Yakushiji was constructed by Emperor Tenmu in the late 7th century for the recovery of the emperor's sick wife. The temple is the headquarters of the Hossō school of Japanese Buddhism & is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yakushiji has a strictly symmetric...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank inger_ted
Reviewed June 5, 2018 via mobile

The night and day view is different . During the night , there are a lot of lanterns lighted up creating a sense of warm atmosphere. Do bring your camera to take lotsa of picture there . There are some local food selling at the...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank GregoryTan_SG
Reviewed April 15, 2018

This temple is located away from the main Nara Park area, so much less visitors. The helpful lady at the Tourist Center told us how to take the bus to get here. It took a little bit of time; if you're tight on time, the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Brown_Samantha
Reviewed April 8, 2018

I followed the advice in Alan Booth's 'Collins Illustrated Guide to Japan' and found it sound. You can then walk to Toshodaiji temple. Both temples are quiet and peaceful unlike the more famous Todaiji temple where one is assaulted by the crowds and too many...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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